I think this all depends on the make of the laser printer. Kyocera had a macro language that could be used called prescribe. Other printers would accept “Escape Sequences” in ASCII. Another option would be to look for softwares that can convert your EBCDIC spoolfiles to ASCII equivalents. We use something called INTERFORMS that accomplishes just that.
Normal??? Please be specific.
Your spoolfile, with barcode keywourd, should be producing an *AFPDS spool file and it can be printed at an *IPDS printer only.
HP4250 with IPDS card and
Device type . . . . . . . . . . . : TYPE 3812
which defines an *IPDS printer
But CLCL hasn’t told us what his “normal” printer is.
The HP4250 doesn’t have an IPDS card – we buy them pretty much as is (we order extra paper drawers, but that’s the extent of our customisation). It may be the 3812 type is what makes the /400 see it as an *IPDS printer, but I can assure you we’re not using any special hardware.
Wow. We learn something new everyday.